Quite a few people wanted to kick my butt when I revealed that being the honorary recipient of a copy of my new e-book, “Secrets to DIY Organic Learning : 7-Steps to Effective Left and Right-directed Learning” was an April Fool prank. I realized that I could be a pretty brilliant scammer if I put my mind to it albeit an overgrown, estrogen-filled, middle-aged Artemis Fowl.
When my daughter saw me typing in the comment the following day that it was a prank she gasped and exclaimed that even SHE was fooled. We live in the same apartment so if there really was an ebook out she’d have some inkling about it since she likes spying on what I’m doing on my laptop every so often. (How many of you have kids like that?)
The folks from Malaysia’s Homeschooling community, my mailing list and my daughter weren’t the only one who got pranked that day. My boyfriend of 6-months got a different sort of royal prank pulled on him. I played the damsel in distress receiving calls and SMS-es from unknown persons “from the UK” and he thought I was being contacted by scammers. “Oh, dear, what should I do????” I lamented with as much drama as can be conveyed by an SMS. So each time I received an SMS from him asking me to be careful I burst out laughing at my “Scam-ception” (a scam within a scam ala Inception). This Scamception got me thinking that of all the pranks I’ve pulled that day the one about the ebook was the best by far. I don’t even know how I’m going to top my own game next year.
But here’s what the day’s event (Scamception!) taught me :
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I had a request from ********* to post the comments I had written on a fb comments thread on a CNN article What Teachers Really Want To Tell Parents.
In between the time it took for me to post this another article responding to it appeared here.
The original responses I made on my fb comments thread on Sept 10 to the CNN article : What Teachers Really Want To Tell Parents (as is) is in blue. My expanded comments (for context) if necessary will be in Italics.
I like the first line :
“I just cant deal with parents anymore; they’re killing us.”
– Send the kids back to the parents. 😀
Why don’t they? A parent is almost as qualified if not better qualified to teach their own children than a school teacher is – for many, many reasons outside the context of this article. Don’t believe me? Think about it logically : Both teachers and parents went through the same K-12 education. All things being equal they studied the same content. Unless you’re trying to tell me for 12 years of their education their teachers had pre-selected an elite bunch of students to teach better to knowing one day this elite bunch will become the next generation of teachers. – I doubt it!
One of the most naive assumptions I have made in life is that it is through education that a person has the best chance to shape his own destiny. Actually, education drives further apart the initial small divide. People with certain professions get to live in certain areas which gives them access to certain schools. People who are misinformed or less informed send their children unwittingly to “the wrong school”. This has serious repercussions; if you go to the wrong school, you’re going to miss experiencing certain things or learning from certain great mentors and these differences greatly affect how you shape your world beyond your education experience.
We are on the verge of radical shifts in our education systems, and not everyone will be happy to see them develop.
The pace of change mandates that we produce a faster, smarter, better grade of human being. Current systems are preventing that from happening. Future education systems will be unleashed with the advent of a standardized rapid courseware-builder and a single-point global distribution system. In the future, we predict students entering the workforce will be ten times smarter than they are today.
I’ve now crossed the threshold from the Innovator’s Dilemma to being able to confidently be like the flight attendant that gestures and says, “This way please to the exit……stay calm but hurry up.”
Hey, nothing to worry about. It’s just the Plane of Education System crashing. No need to hurry. Take your time. They’ve still got fuel (government spending) even though both engines are out. There aren’t going to be enough parachutes for everyone but that’s OK….stay buckled in your seat, like how schools have taught you to just sit down and be a good little boy or girl.
I’m filing this under Thomas Frey’s Future of Education because I plan to bring everything I am coming across which supports the ideas outlined in his paper under one theme.
I hope I have convinced you to get your copy and make at least 5 other people get it too! (I have 2 at least count.) And if you do, please tell me about it so we can share the experience together.
Here are excerpts taken from Ken Robinson’s THE ELEMENT – HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING. Picture for illustration only. Continue reading
The key elements, the seeds of innovation, will allow a new organic form of education to spring to life.
Unlimited Shelf space.
New forms of education are not achieved by simply recording the lectures for later broadcast. We have to rethink 2 aspects of education :
- That it must take place in the classroom
- Only educators can create new courses.
This kind of thinking restricts the potential proliferation of new courseware.
How Amazon.com and eBay.com changed the landscape of commerce.
Not long after I decided to vent my frustration at the amateurs who are going to give e-learning a bad name, I came across Thomas Frey’s blog on Future Education. Well, actually, I wouldn’t be able to come across it had I not been so frustrated about my lack of ability to come up with a solid and grounded infrastructure to flesh-out an ideal I had set out on a year before. Thomas Frey’s paper was the most conclusive article on the Future of Education I could find out there. Or maybe it was just the most aligned to my conceptions of what I wanted the future of education to look like for me.
Two years ago I set-up a small ESL learning center to serve as a sort of incubator center for me to continue observing the language and cognitive processes of young people at the threshold of young adulthood. What would happen if I could work outside the constraints of the education system? What if I could control as many variables as possible? Could I achieve a lot more with a lot less?